MINI MAKEOVER: Toyota has refreshed its Avanza with loads of design, element and equipment upgrades. Image: Quickpic
• New exterior, interior design
• New engine range, improved efficiency
• Eco indicator
• Increased safety specification
• Improved seat configurability
Toyota has refreshed its Avanza MPV with revised design elements, noise reduction, improved ride quality and refinement.
The Avanza range comprises three specifications - S, SX, TV. A 1.3 litre Panel Van remains part of the line-up.
The exterior of the new Avanza receives a substantial makeover with the adoption of the new Toyota "corporate face". At the front, its sports large radiator grille, framed by a bold colour-coded ‘brow’ and new trapezoidal headlights.
The lower grille follows the curved shape of the upper grille area, with upswept sides ending in side-air inlets. On TX models, the air inlets also incorporate foglights.
At the rear it sports revised tailights and an enlarged rear-door garnish.
Inside, it has a new mono-tone black interior with new accents and inserts and durable seat fabrics. The Avanaza gains a newnew instrument cluster with orange inserts, a silver outer bezel and white night-time illumination. All specifactions gain a new Eco indicator, to provide feedback to the driver on economical driving. The driver's footwell gains a heel-pad.
The cabim has a new split, third-row seat with tumble function to increase cargo space.
The driver's window has auto up/down fucntion and a new console tray has been fitted at the front. The rear window wiper has an intermittent function, with the interior light receiving auto-off functionality. The second row of seats benifits from a centre headrest.
Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) has been added as standard.
Under the Skin
According to Toyota: "Peering underneath the skin of the new Avanza, you will find that the suspension geometry and design have been tweaked to provide improved handling and stability, steering feel as well as enhanced ride comfort. These design changes also deliver a reduction in cabin noise, helping to lower NVH levels whilst travelling."
Powering the Avanza are two new engines; 1.3 and 1.5 litre petrol (borrowed from the Etios hatchback). The 1.3 is capable of 70kW/121Nm with the 1.5 litre delivering 77kW/137Nm. Buyers can choose five-speed manual or five-speed auto for the 1.5 litre, which drive the rear wheels.
Fuel consumption is improved to 6.1 l/100km for the 1.3 litre and a 6.3 l/100km for the 1.5 litre manual. The auto derivative is rated at 6.7 l/100km.
Three specification levels
The S grade has power windows, remote central-locking, power steering, a centrally mounted console box, intermittent windscreen wipers and an anti-theft system. The SX grade gains colour-coded side-mirrors, aircon and vanity mirror for the front passenger.
The top-of-the-range TX has a new "switchblade" 15" alloys, chromed treatment at the front and a roof spoiler.
The Avanza has a four-speaker audio system with USB port.
1.3 S – R 193 400
1.3 SX – R 208 500
1.5 SX – R R214 900
1.5 SX AT – R 231 600
1.5 TX – R 245 600
1.3 Panel Van – R 198 000